Blood Cancer UK • London (flexible)

Special Events Manager

Employment type:  Full time
Salary:  £38,000 - £42,000 / year

Remote-first – With Office Locations

Fully flexible hours

Job Description

This role provides a fantastic opportunity for an experienced and talented special events expert to become a key part of the charity’s high-performing and ambitious Partnerships and Philanthropy Team.
The successful candidate will lead, shape and implement our annual special events programme, which includes fundraising, cultivation and stewardship activities designed to meet the wider needs of the Partnerships & Philanthropy Team.

You will join a collaborative and supportive organisation that has been recognised as the most inspiring not-for-profit workplace at the Inspiring Workplaces EMEA Awards 2022 (7th overall across all workplaces) and been recognised by Best Companies as the 9th best charity to work for in the UK.

To succeed, you will have a strong track record in events management with demonstrable experience in high-value events. You will thrive in the hustle and bustle of the busy events season and will use the quieter times to reflect, scope the sector, learn and innovate.

Key Responsibilities


  • Shape and implement a comprehensive and exciting special events programme to successfully drive the development and growth of our engagement, stewardship, and fundraising activities
  • Liaise directly with senior internal and external stakeholders to ensure all of our events are of the highest quality
  • Lead in the design and delivery of new, innovative events which will help deliver the ambitious income growth we are targeting in our strategy
  • Be responsible for operational planning, budgeting, management and reporting activities
  • Evaluating income and expenditure, ensuring the events programme is delivered to time and within budget
  • Establish rigorous approaches to ensure the effective planning, management and post-event evaluation for all events
  • Develop strong relationships with external suppliers to ensure excellent delivery and the best possible return on investment
  • Constantly scan the environment and the charity sector to ensure we are delivering the best possible experience for our supporters, are aware of new opportunities and are able to deliver a market-leading events programme
  • Ensure all relevant interactions with event invitees and attendees are recorded on our CRM
  • Set and monitor individual and team KPIs


  • Promote Blood Cancer UK’s vision, mission and core values
  • We’re all fundraisers. This is slightly different for all roles, and your team will have fundraising KPIs and objectives we all work to
  • Attend and assist at Blood Cancer UK events and activities as required (NB: this involves evening and weekend work)
  • Be an effective ambassador for Blood Cancer UK at any activity you attend
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of our work
  • Follow the principles of LEAN and continuous improvement
  • All staff are expected to adhere to Blood Cancer UK’s policies and procedures
  • Do any other reasonable things your manager needs you to do

Skills, Knowledge and Expertise

  • Demonstrable experience of delivering a broad range of high-quality bespoke activity from large-scale complex events to intimate private dinners
  • Demonstrable experience of strategic planning, and of the delivery and management of complex event plans and budgets
  • Ability to build relationships and work collaboratively; consulting others, sharing expertise and knowledge with colleagues for best results
  • Experience of shaping and implementing an events strategy with the ability to lead, motivate and inspire others
  • Ability to influence and negotiate with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to react calmly, confident and professionally to the inherent unpredictably of events
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to multiple deadlines across a number of events

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – Our maternity/shared parental/adoption offer is 12 weeks at full pay, 12 weeks at half pay, followed by 15 weeks at the statutory rate.
Enhanced paternity leave – Our paternity leave offer is 6 weeks at full pay.
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
Work from anywhere scheme – For the vast majority of our roles, there is no requirement to work from one of our offices. We meet up as an organisation at 2-4 in-person events each year, such as all-staff away days.
30 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay – Our enhanced sick pay offer is: Up to two years’ service: 4 weeks full pay and 4 weeks half pay After two years’ service: 12 weeks full pay and 12 weeks half pay
Pregnancy loss leave
Fertility treatment leave
Teambuilding days

The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

First we assess the flexibility options Blood Cancer UK provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure Blood Cancer UK is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

We ask the hard questions so you don’t have to.

Working at Blood Cancer UK

Company employees


Office locations

London and Edinburgh
What employees are saying

"There has been a significant shift in our ways of working over the last few years. It feels as though it has become the norm to work as flexibly as you feel comfortable with. There are periods in the year where it gets extremely busy, but the skills we're developing in house are focused on time management and prioritisation to support all staff to feel confident to challenge or offer alternative solutions if capacity is stretched."

Anonymous Blood Cancer UK Employee

Awards & Achievements
Most flexible Charity & Tech For Good companies – 1st

Most flexible Charity & Tech For Good companies – 1st

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